I have 4 Road Island Red adult layers and 12 Canadian Chantecler/Swedish Flower Hen crosses that are 2 months old. I was given 9 Austalorp laying hens. I free range my chickens but since I got the new ones I wanted to acclimate them by closing up the run and keeping them (and my old flock) in the run and coop for several days. Unfortunately, my jerry-rigged gate fell open and they all escaped on only their second day. They spent 1 night in the coop and then escaped. So, they roosted in a tree near the coop.
Now I don't know what to do. Should I leave them alone and hope they fall in line with my old flock or should I try to catch them and close them back in? Will they just get used to being outside if I don't catch them?
btw, the old owner never tamed them at all and they are very wild.
Thanks a bunch!!